Barkingside inventor shares his tips on bringing ideas to life

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 December 2014

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Budding inventors must make sure their ideas are unique and carry out their research if they want to succeed.

That is the advice being given by Jason Palmer, the man behind popular children’s fashion accessories – Qbees.

Mr Palmer, 44, from Barkingside, conjured up the idea for the snap around headphone cable decorations while travelling on a train.

He said: “A couple boarded the train and as they sat down, between two other passengers, it occurred to me that they were all wearing the same white earphones.

“The passengers all looked so individual apart from the earphones. This got me thinking, how could you personalise those little cables and in a flash Qbees were born.”

Mr Palmer has been turning his dream into a reality since 2012 and believes good designs are essential. He worked with designers to create the initial products but believes future creations could come from consumers themselves.

He said: “Our ‘Become a Qube Designer’ competitions have brought in exciting new designs from young people who want to showcase their talents. Who knows? We could see the designers of the future starting with a simple Qbees design.

“My advice for budding inventors is to make sure ideas are unique, commercially viable and to conduct market research.”

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